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Fannin Acoustic Guitar

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Joined: 03 Apr 2007
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 1:10 pm    Post subject: Fannin Acoustic Guitar Reply with quote

I bought a Fannin guitar at a yard sale from an old man. He played it for me. It sounded real good. I don't know much about guitars. I was told by people who play that it has a real good sound. If anyone has more info I would appreciate it.
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Lowdown Cack-hander
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2007 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to Guitarsite, deedle. There was a previous post here back in 2005, but no replies were received. The info you found on H-C is all that's out there at the moment. This is a common problem with Japanese made acoustics on small brand names. Hopefully, somebody will come across this during a search and add their own info.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello, just read your post thread and decided to register for this forum.

My Dad had a Fannin years and years ago, sounded great. I am almost positive he said they were made by Hofner, you might want to start there

My dad sold his Fannin when my parents got a divorce back in the mid late 80's. I think he sold it down in toledo ohio but not sure. wish I could find that guitar. His had a black hard case with plush blue lining.

Hopes this helps a little. Good luck...Jaime
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Location: minneapolis

PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 7:45 pm    Post subject: More on Fannin Reply with quote

Found the following at:


Fannin guitars were made by a small Japanese Firm in the 70's to mid 80's (mine is dated 1979 according to the stamp on the heel block, they didn't use a paper label to my knowledge). Unlike the other post listed here, they had no association with "Fender," as far as I know, but were imported & distributed by a company called "Nu Look Fashions," out of Columbus Ohio in the early 1980's. A quote from Bob Ward at Sound Associates Music Ltd Lawrenceville GA. who seems to have intimate knowledge about Fannin Guitar's history!

"In the seventies and eighties. During one of the buying trips overseas Larry Fannin, president of Nu Look, discovered a small guitar factory turning out very high quality instruments that competed quite well with the Yamaha, Aria, Epiphone, Sigma and Fender guitars imported into America at the time. Mr. Fannin , a talented guitar player himself, recommended several notable improvements to the initial acoustic designs the small factory had, added a number of new models, and then scheduled guitars for delivery and warehoused them in Columbus Ohio. Unfortunately Nu Look did not have enough sales staff on the road to call on and promote quality musical instruments directly to music stores, so the distribution was limited to a very few retailers that were called by the telephone sales staff in Columbus. With not enough telephone sales generated by the clothing sales staff and no national advertising campaign, the Fannin guitar line was discontinued within five years of the introduction. Numbers of specific model production are unknown. The Fannin Guitars are still considered to be one of the better import guitars of the late seventies and early eighties."

Hope this helps!
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